Quandary: Yes, fireworks can still be seen in Summit County
I missed Fourth of July. Is there any way I can still enjoy fireworks?
You missed Fourth of July? How is that possible within the bounds of the time and space? That answer will have to wait for another column. At any rate, there is still time to redeem your misspent Independence Day. So throw a hot dog on the grill, some aloe on your sunburn and pull out the stars and stripes because any weekend can be the Fourth in Summit County. Yeah, the sales might be over at all the retail stores, but if you didn’t get enough patriotism in earlier this month, there is still plenty of time to thank a soldier and watch in awe as fireworks light up the night sky.
At Copper Mountain Resort, there are firecrackers bursting in the air every Saturday night (weather permitting) through Sept. 19. If that’s not ’merican enough for you, they will even toss in some s’mores roasting over an open flame at the Copper Campfire. Nothing screams America quite like fire, fatty foods and explosions, right? If you are planning to bangle-your-banner this week, though, Copper has rescheduled their pop-offs for Sunday, July 19.
Really, the late show this week just gives you more time to re-create your patriotic party. Try heading over to the Breckenridge farmers market earlier in the day Sunday to pick up some locally grown, American-made treats to supplement your soirée. If that doesn’t push you from just another weekend to an American summer spectacular, you can also head over to Keystone Resort on Sunday for water balloons, a slip and slide and all things water-related as part of Splash Fest, held every Sunday through Sept. 20.
To really get down to the heart of what the Fourth of July is about, you can also give back to our troops this weekend. The movie “High Ground” will play at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 17, and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Wounded Warriors Family Adventures program right here in Summit. In one final homage to American summers, swing by the 1883 Dillon Schoolhouse Museum on Saturday, July 18, for 5 cent ice cream and family fun.
The town of Dillon also hosts its own fireworks bash later in the summer, with Labor Day festivities. Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-7, enjoy free concerts at the Dillon Amphitheatre and the Marina Mutt Show at the Dillon Marina. Teach your pooch how to salute the red, white and blue and you might even take home a prize.
If you love the idea of seeing colorful explosions, but that whole summer thing is a sticking point for you, check out Keystone in the winter. They offer free fireworks on Saturdays, generally from December through March, but be sure to check their website closer to time to make sure the festivities are still a go.
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